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How Dancehall came into being

Dancehall is named after Jamaican dance halls in which popular Jamaican recordings were played by local sound systems.

They began in the late 1940s among people from the inner city of Kingston, who were not able to participate in dances uptown.

In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or "ragga") becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms. Key elements of dancehall music include its extensive use of Jamaican Patois rather than Jamaican standard English and a focus on the track instrumentals (or "riddims").

Sound systems such as KillimanjaroBlack Scorpio, Silver Hawk, Gemini Disco, Virgo Hi-Fi, Volcano Hi-Power and Aces International soon capitalized on the new sound and introduced a new wave of deejays.

The older toasters were overtaken by new stars such as Captain SinbadRanking JoeClint EastwoodLone RangerJosey WalesCharlie ChaplinGeneral Echo and Yellowman — a change reflected by the 1981 Junjo Lawes-produced album A Whole New Generation of DJs, although many went back to U-Roy for inspiration.

The older toasters were overtaken by new stars such as Captain SinbadRanking JoeClint EastwoodLone RangerJosey WalesCharlie ChaplinGeneral Echo and Yellowman — a change reflected by the 1981 Junjo Lawes-produced album A Whole New Generation of DJs, although many went back to U-Roy for inspiration.

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